Registration Now Open!
The 2017 Ontario Natural Building Coalition's
Natural Building Conference & AGM 2017
April 1 and 2, 2017, at Camp Kawartha, near Lakefield.
This year's theme: "Building Natural Resilience: In our Houses and our Lives"
Conference presentations and discussions include:
- In it for Life: Personal and Community
Resilience with Sally Ludwig, Transition Towns Guelph
- Education, Resource Conservation and
Community Building with Emily Neihaus, Community Rebuilds
- Carbon Accounting and the Ontario Building Code; Current and
Near Future Trends with Chris Magwood
- Ecologically Sound Building in the
Wellington Region with Will Winterfeld
- Air Tightness Tricks of the Trade with
representative from 475 High Performance Building Supply
- Discussion with Nicole Risse, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
- Seeking Mino-Bimaadizwin: Living the Good Life, with Nicole Bell, Trent
- Saturday evening slide show of members'
builds and projects
- Networking, great food and drink, and
Accommodation available on site from Friday March 31 through Sunday April 2.
This year's Conference Sponsors:
Photos of the 2016 conference here.
Click here for photos of the 2015 conference.
Click here for an article and photos of the 2014 conference.
The Ontario Natural Building Coalition's Annual Ontario Natural Building Tour
Natural building construction uses locally obtained and renewable materials, to produce homes and buildings that are visually unique and healthy to live in, while striving to keep energy consumption and its’ associated emissions as low as possible. As a way of promoting natural building, the Ontario Natural Building Coalition coordinates an annual Natural Homes Tour on the first Sunday of October each year. This year our tour took place on Sunday October 2. For this tour, thirty-three natural homes and buildings across Ontario opened their doors to hundreds of participants to see examples of straw bale, rammed earth, cob, timber frame, off grid, passive solar, and many other natural building methods and alternative technologies. Watch our website next fall for details on our 2017 tour.
Visit our Natural Building Gallery to see houses built out of straw, wood & earth!
A Natural Home Tours Thank You
Over the years, many homes and buildings have participated in our Natural Building Annual tour.
Many of the homes that have been featured were models of innovation and energy efficiency and featured living roofs, natural clay wall finishes, rainwater catchment systems, grey water systems, composting toilets, while others incorporated solar and wind electrical systems, high efficiency wood burning appliances, solar domestic hot water systems, as well as a variety of other interesting green technologies.
The Ontario Natural Building Coalition would like to thank all the volunteer homeowners who have over the years graciously opened their doors and welcomed tour-goers. The annual tour would not be possible without them!
Click here for an article about one of the homes on our recent tour.